OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: Sweden 2016

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The 2016 Sweden Review of Innovation Policy deepens the 2012 Review by focusing on six policy initiatives central to the 2008 and 2012 Swedish Research and Innovation Bills, notably: 1) the increase in funding for university research, 2) the establishment of Strategic Research Areas, 3) actions designed to enhance the role of research institutes in Sweden’s innovation system, 4) the definition and funding of Strategic Innovation Areas in collaboration with industrial, academic and research institute actors, 5) the initiation of a Challenge-Driven Innovation programme addressing societal challenges, 6) improved prioritisation and support for Swedish participation in European research and innovation activities.



Resolving societal challenges in Sweden

This chapter examines the historical development of links between research, innovation and societal challenges in the United States and Europe, before focusing on two initiatives set out in the 2012 Research Bill: the launch of the Challenge-driven Innovation programme and measures designed to improve Swedish engagement with co-operative research and innovation activities in Europe, especially those relevant to societal challenges. The main effects of these two initiatives are assessed against their specific objectives and the lessons learned from international experiences.


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